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The Vaccination Controversy: The Rise, Reign and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox

Stanley Williamson


Smallpox was for several centuries one of the most deadly, most contagious, and most feared of diseases. This book charts the history of one of the most controversial techniques in medical history. Originating probably in Africa, smallpox progressed via the Middle and Near East, where it was studied around the end of the first millennium by Arab physicians. It arrived in Britain during Elizabethan times and was well established by the seventeenth century. During the closing years of the eighteenth century, a far-reaching and ultimately controversial development took place when Edward Jenner de ... More

Keywords: Arab physicians, Britain, Elizabethan times, Edward Jenner, Cowpox, governmental regulation, Anti-vaccination League, social consequences, political consequences, ethical consequences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846310867
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314216


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley Williamson, author